By PHillip Whitten
ORLANDO, October 9. BILL Mrazek and Annie Babicz threw down some impressive times, as each won two events at the NSPI High School Invitational, held at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, Florida, October 4-5. If this first big meet of the Florida high school season is any indication, prepsters in the Sunshine State are going to be scorching the pool this year.
As expected, Bolles dominated the team scoring, winning the girls', boys' and combined crowns with 507, 369 and 876 points, respectively. St. Thomas Aquinas finished second in each race with 242, 227 and 469 points. Lake Highlands Prep was third in the boys' race with 208 points, while Sarasota nabbed the third spot in the girls' race with 161. Sarasota nipped Lake Highlands by one point for third in combined scoring, 253-252.
Mrazek, LEON, swam a blazing 57.78 to win the boys' 100 yard breaststroke by more than three seconds. Several events later he posted a 1:52.20 to take the 200 IM.
Babicz, Sarasota, started up where she left off last year, knocking down a 1:03.83 to win the girls' breaststroke by two seconds, then jumping back in several minutes later to annex the 100 fly in 56.81.
Bryce Clough was the only other double winner, swimming 49.92 to win the 100 fly and 51.49 to take the 100 back.
Spencer Maglich and Matt Coan exchanged sprint freestyle wins, Maglich beating Coan 21.48 to 21.64 in the 50, and Coan reversing the results, 47.25 to 47.32 in the 100.
Brittany Nauta and Zeina Shanata did the same thing on the girls' side, Nauta winning the 50 in 24.47 and shanata the 100 in 52.15.
There were other fast times of note. For the boys: Inaki Castillo, Bolles, won the 500 free in 4:35.66, while Andrew Swanson took the 200 in 1:41.99. Sarasota nipped Bolles in the 200 free relay (1:28.65), St. Thomas Aquinas took the 400 free relay (3:14.70), and Bolles won the 200 medley (1:38.88).
For the girls: Stephanie Carr, Bolles, won the 500 in 4:50.30, while her teammate Susan Gilliam took the 200 in 1:51.89, out-touching Desiree Stahley by 8-hundredths. Kate Skaggs won the 100 back in 59.30, and Barbara Thomas was the winner in the 200 IM (2:06.44). Bolles won both free relays (1:39.97 and 3:34.97), while Palm Harbor pipped Bolles in the medley by two-hundredths, 1:52.30 to 1:52.32.